For the record, I've never published anything. Ever. And I'd like to have my novel published. I know this is probably the most original back story you've ever read on this forum and you're probably shocked, but stick with me here. Now, I have a close relative who published a book a few years ago. I'm just not sure what to do. I know it's probably useful for a noob author to have an uncle who is already an author, but I'm not exactly sure how to use that connection. Would this make it easier for me to get my work published through his publisher? Could I increase my chance of getting a literary agent if I can get him to review my work?